Buemi wins after Mahindra error costs Rosenqvist

by Scott Douglas

Felix Rosenqvist missed out on a clean sweep of wins in Berlin after he was given a ten second time penalty for an unsafe release.

The Swede led from pole and together with Sebastien Buemi drove away from the rest of the field.

However when pitting for his second car his Mahindra Racing team released him straight into the path of his team-mate Nick Heidfeld, with the German having to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision.

Although Rosenqvist still emerged ahead of Buemi, the stewards awarded him a ten second penalty that effectively gave the win to the Renault e.dams driver.

Such was their advantage over the rest of the field that Rosenqvist only dropped to second place, and although he admitted that was better than the team could have hoped for going into the Berlin races, he was still disappointed to have the win taken away from him.

Speaking afterwards he said, “I have to have a look there at what happened in the pit stop. I felt it was a bit of an awkward situation, as the rule is that if you block someone you get a penalty, but I didn’t really block Nick.

“It was a fantastic job by my team, the car was just amazing, it was a perfect race for us. P1 and P2 is better than we could have ever expected, but at the moment I’m a little bit disappointed.”

For Buemi the victory was a relief after he was disqualified from yesterday’s race when his tires were found to be under the minimum pressures.

It meant that his lead at the top of the championship was halved, but after learning of Rosenqvist’s penalty he said that he tried to avoid battling with him to ensure that he still finished ahead of his rival Lucas di Grassi.

“I would like to congratulate him [Rosenqvist] because I feel he is the real winner today,” Buemi said. “Yesterday I got disqualified and I lost ten points, so I’m happy to get a bit lucky again.

“When I knew he was going to get a penalty I tried to leave him a bit of space to make sure he would finish ten seconds ahead of Lucas as that’s the important bit for me.”

Di Grassi himself though won’t be unhappy with his efforts after he drove brilliantly to make his way through the field.

His Abt Schaeffler Audi team-mate Daniel Abt also drove well to follow him through the field, with Jose Maria Lopez finishing in fifth.

Lopez will have some explaining to do to his DS Virgin Racing team however after he hit his team-mate Sam Bird as the Brit attempted to pass him into turn one.

They had been running third and fourth at the time, but both fell back through the field shortly after they had made contact, with Bird ending up seventh.

Jean-Eric Vergne split the two of them after he faded towards the end of the race, and the other Renault e.dams of Nico Prost was at the tail end of that group in eighth.

Oliver Turvey scored two points for NextEV TIO in ninth, and Heidfeld completed a stunning comeback to grab a point in tenth.

The German started at the back after a throttle issue meant he couldn’t complete a full power qualifying lap, but he made amazing progress to make it into the top ten after just 16 laps.

He fell back three places before the stops, but then rallied again to overtake Nelson Piquet Jr and Antonio Felix da Costa.

The last point could have been Jerome d’Ambrosio’s after the Belgian driver managed to show far better pace than his FF Dragon Racing car had looked capable of all weekend.

However he fell afoul of the minimum pit stop time by the smallest of margins, meaning he had to complete a drive through penalty that dropped him to thirteenth.


1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams
2Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing
3Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi
4Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi
5Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing
6Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah
7Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing
8Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams
9Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO
10Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing
11Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS Amlin Andretti
12Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO
13Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing
14Stephane SarrazinFRATecheetah
15Tom DillmannFRAVenturi
16Adam CarrollGBRPansonic Jaguar Racing
17Mitch EvansNZLPansonic Jaguar Racing
18Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti
DNFLoic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing
DNFMaro EngelGERVenturi

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